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Times/Herald poll: GOP poised to sweep Cabinet races



Republicans appear headed for a clean sweep of all seats on the Florida Cabinet, according to a new statewide poll of likely voters.The survey for the St. Petersburg Times, the Miami Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13 shows Republicans with wide leads in races for attorney general, chief financial officer and agriculture commissioner, though a significant chunk of voters remain undecided.

• The attorney general campaign is the closest, with Republican Pam Bondi grabbing 44 percent of voters, compared with Democrat Dan Gelber's 36 percent. Eighteen percent of voters are undecided.

• Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam of Bartow holds an 11-point edge over Democrat Scott Maddox in the agriculture commissioner's race. Putnam draws 44 percent of voters to Maddox's 33 percent, and 22 percent of voters are undecided.

• The chief financial officer's race, which has seen the feistiest campaigning and TV ads, has the widest disparity. Republican state Senate President Jeff Atwater attracts 45 percent of likely voters, compared with Democrat Loranne Ausley's 32 percent. Undecided voters make up 22 percent.

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